EgyptAir flight MS804, which took off toward Cairo from Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport shortly after 11 p.m., has disappeared with at least 56 passengers on board.
A spokesman for the Egyptian civil aviation agency told SkyNews Arabia that the plane most likely crashed into the sea, though its whereabouts remain unconfirmed. “It did not land. That is all we can say for the moment,” a French airport official reportedly told Reuters.
The airline is disseminating information on its missing aircraft via Twitter:
According to CNN, the Airbus A320 was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members when it lost contact shortly after entering Egyptian airspace over the Mediterranean Sea around 2:45 a.m. Cairo time.
EgyptAir says it has alerted the appropriate authorities, as well as dispatched rescue teams.
In March, an EgyptAir plane headed to Cairo from Alexandria was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus.
This post will be updated as information becomes available.
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